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  • Bob Dylan’s First NYC Gig: April 11, 1961

    He blew into town on a cold December day in 1960, slammed the door of his car, walked into Café Wha and landed a gig that night. That’s the legend, anyway. Truth is that he slogged around uptown hustling for gigs in the Theater District […]

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  • Bob Dylan’s South Village

    Bob Dylan in Sheridan Square The South Village has many reasons to be celebrated these days. Of course, the (hopefully) impending designation of the Sullivan Thompson Historic District is a big story for GVSHP. Our 13-year quest to protect all of the areas of the […]

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  • 3000 Beatniks and the Right to Free Speech

    There is an absurdity in the photos and video which depict the event now known as “The Beatnik Riots” in Washington Square Park in April of 1961. At face value, the key characters in this drama are earnest, clean-shaven, bespectacled, young men in jacket and […]

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  • Folk Music In Greenwich Village: 1940s-1953

    Folk Music In Greenwich Village: 1940s-1953

    There are some that mark the beginning Greenwich Village’s involvement with the revival of American Folk music as 9 April 1961, with the ‘Beatnik Riot’ in Washington Square Park. But folk music was thriving in the Village long before, with folk musicians holding ‘hootenannies’ and […]

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  • Folk Music in Greenwich Village: 1961-1970

    The exact date is impossible to confirm. But it is widely accepted that Bob Dylan arrived in New York City on 24 January 1961, in the midst of the coldest winter New York had seen in 28 years. He’d dropped out of the University of […]

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  • Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie

    Folk icon Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma, and died fifty-five years later of Huntington’s disease in his adopted hometown of New York City. In between, he spent a lot of time in Greenwich Village.

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  • Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Musician Who Inspired Generations, Died 63 Years Ago Today

    Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Prison.  Folk singer Pete Seeger.  The Dry Dock District in Alphabet City.  The Library of Congress.  Kurt Cobain. Seemingly unrelated, right? Not exactly. They are all connected to legendary folk musician Huddie William “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, who died from Lou Gehrig’s […]

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